Series features Bert Williams film

August 24, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

A selection of film comedies, including a rarely seen silent feature from pioneering African-American actor Bert Williams, will be shown Thursday as part of the Jazz Film Series at An Die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St. In addition to Williams' A Natural Born Gambler (1916), films will be shown featuring such comic legends as Charles Chaplin, Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley, Dick Gregory, Steve Allen and Richard Pryor. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $8. Information: 410-385-2638 or andie musiklive.com.

`Come September'

The 2007 Little Italy Open-Air Film Festival continues tonight, with a 7 p.m. screening of Robert Mulligan's Come September. The 1961 comedy stars Rock Hudson as Robert Talbot, a wealthy industrialist whose annual vacation at his Italian villa runs into complications of all sorts, including an impatient girlfriend (Gina Lollabrigida), some unwelcome houseguests and a group of American girls desperately in need of a chaperone. The film will be shown outdoors, at the corner of High and Stiles streets. Admission is free, but take your own lawn chairs. Information: little italyrestaurants.com.

Film noir series

The Charles Theatre's summerlong film noir revival series continues tomorrow with Fritz Lang's Human Desire. The 1951 film stars Glenn Ford as Jeff Warren, a Korean War vet who falls in love with his best friend's wife, little knowing that the couple have just committed murder. Broderick Crawford and Gloria Graham play the homicidal couple, who have to be a little careful around Warren, since he knows something about what happened. Showtime at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

In `Season' at Westminster

The 2006 animated film Open Season, centering on a domesticated bear stuck in the woods and trying to survive the onset of bear season, will be shown outdoors tonight at Westminster Park, off Longwell Avenue. The 9 p.m. free showing is sponsored by the Westminster City Recreation Council. Information: 410-848-9000.

`Night' at the lakefront

A series of free movies, shown outdoors at the Columbia lakefront, continues tonight with Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum (2006), starring Ben Stiller as a museum guard surprised to discover that all the exhibits come to life at night. The movie begins at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m. Information: 410-715-3161 or lakefrontfestival.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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